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Comments about the soundtrack for The Da Vinci Code (Hans Zimmer)

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A balanced view?
• Posted by: Michael Horne   <Send E-Mail>
• Date: Tuesday, May 9, 2006, at 1:10 a.m.
• IP Address: 145.36.163.119
• In Response to: This Soundtrack Leads to Satanism, Occultism, ... (John Cannon, Senior Pastor of Outreach Operations)

A few things up front:
* I have read the book.
* I haven't seen the film yet.
* I've listened to the clips from this site, but not the whole CD.
* Please don't stop reading: I am a Christian. I am not a Catholic, I'm just your average cross-denominational "Jesus is King" Christian. There will be no preaching in this post.

I read enough of "that" post to get the jist... that everything to do with the DVC book, film and score is blasphemous.

First of all: music _can_ be blasphemous. Generally, though, you'd expect some 'F*ck God' lyrics or downright viscious lyrics to draw the kind of response in that post.

I've just listened to the clips on the site and I assume that it's a good solid indicator of the rest of the album (I trust Christian C here).
Now, come on, this is hardly blasphemous - derivative, certainly - there's more than enough Crimson Tide and Peacemaker in there to make it kind of pointless buying the album. Frankly, I don't know how anyone can arrive at the sort of statements made in this forum - just because Hans Zimmer wrote the music to the film doesn't mean he necessarily believes what Dan Brown wrote.

At worst, you could accuse Hans Zimmer of being hopelessly unoriginal. He may even be approaching James Horner for self-plagarism, but that's not a reason for condemning him on religious grounds. I like the music I heard, but it's not reason enough to buy it. Let's leave things as personal opinion without trying to convince the entire world that Brown, Howard and Zimmer are the Devil incarnate.

As for the book and the film - well, it's a great chase thriller and the whole mythology is great to watch/read. But, honestly, if you read the book as a Christian you come away with 'Well that was exciting, but it doesn't change the way I feel or what I believe.' The film (which is supposed to be very faithful) will probably be the same. It's a _theory_, just like all the JFK assassination theories - the only way you can prove it is to invent a time machine.

So, get real, it's fiction, it's music. You're supposed to enjoy it. And if you don't, there's more important things in life. Like writing short posts on Filmtracks ;-)

--
Mike




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